"This is the worst time to push government workers into the ranks of the unemployed. With slack capacity, a high number of unemployed people, and negative real interest rates, we can’t afford a war against government workers. It’s a war in which we’ve lost 250,000 government jobs since January, with 77,000 in the “local government education” category (in other words, public school teachers)."

— Mike Konczal, describing a jobs report he would like to see, after yet another jobs report showed job gains undermined by government retraction (24,000 jobs this time). Its time President Obama realized “this kind of deficit hawk aggression was the exact wrong call.”